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Splash at Northwestern: May 25th, 2024!

NU Splash Biography

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JAVIERA CABEZAS PARRA, NU Junior studying Chemical Engineering

College: Northwestern University

Major: Chemical Engineering

Year of Graduation: 2023

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Javiera (she/her) was born and raised in Santiago, Chile and is currently at Northwestern University pursuing a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, specialising in Nanotechnology and Molecular Engineering, and an IMC certificate. Since being introduced to research as a high school student, her interests have invariably led back to sustainability. She is part of the Swearer Lab where she is involved with research developping synthetic methods for plasmonic copper nanoparticle-based catalysts and studying their (photo)chemical properties. Besides STEM, Javiera has been involved in music for years as a pianist and experienced vocal performer.

Past Classes

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E574: Copper Mining: When, How, and Why in Splash 2022 (Apr. 02, 2022)
What do your laptop, some face masks, and a pair of earrings have in common? There might be copper in all of them! Come learn about the copper extraction process in Chile, the largest producer in the world, directly from someone who has known about it since birth (take the class to find out what that means!) You will leave this class understanding the globally relevant copper extraction process from an engineering perspective, contextualized in history from the copper age, through the Cold War, until now. All curious students looking to dive into a cool topic in an interdisciplinary and fun way are encouraged to participate; you might even leave with a prize! No prior knowledge needed.